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Audit Notes: Fast Food welfare, finance in the doctor’s office, sharing economy

Taxpayers subsidize McDonald’s & Co. with $7 billion a year

Researchers from Berkeley and the University of Illinois have found that most fast-food industry workers are paid so poorly that... More

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The extraordinary promise of the new Greenwald-Omidyar venture (UPDATED)

Adversarial muckrakers + civic-minded billionaire = a whole new world

Make no mistake, news that Glenn Greenwald is leaving The Guardian to start a new publication funded by eBay billionaire... More

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A piracy defense walks the plank at the Post (UPDATED)

A blogger gets schooled by the meanies of Big Copyright

There are many problems with Timothy B. Lee's Washington Post blog post on Hollywood's supposed culpability for the theft of... More

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Audit Notes: Shutdown/debt ceiling edition

The consequences have already begun

Audit pal Felix Salmon has an important piece on the Republicans' debt-ceiling insanity, writing that "the default has already begun"—as... More

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A Fed whistleblower on Goldman’s conflicts¬≤

ProPublica excels while the NYT’s DealBook slips

ProPublica's Jake Bernstein reports on the intriguing tale of Carmen Segarra, a former Goldman Sachs bank examiner at the New... More

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Audit Notes: Ginger Baker, $15 minimum wage, fisking Niall

The Cream legend just can’t stomach insipid questions from the press

Ginger Baker, the former Cream drummer, gives the interview of the month to Rolling Stone. Baker is simply not having... More

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T-Mobile shows upside of M&A skepticism

After AT&T’s disastrous attempted acquisition, T-Mobile upends convention

Two years ago, AT&T announced it had agreed to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion. The deal... More

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Too Big to Fail banks still extend, pretend

American Banker reports the big four are sitting on tens of billions of dollars of losses

American Banker's Kate Berry has a very interesting piece on the pile of bad mortgages the big banks still have... More

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The Celebrity Journal

Stars are turning up in the once-august paper for little or no reason

I noticed The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" back in March when the advertiser-friendly special section ran a story on... More

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Frontline’s landmark ‘League of Denial’

A gripping story of decades of NFL coverup and the deadly consequences

We already know most of the information Frontline presents in its gripping "League of Denial" documentary on the NFL and... More

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The looming debt-ceiling catastrophe

Republicans, inside their media bubble, head for disaster

The Republicans in Congress are holding the debt ceiling hostage—yet again—with potentially catastrophic consequences: "Hand over the Obamacare or the... More

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WaPo eyes FDA access-peddling by academics

At $25,000 a pop, a chance for Big Pharma to influence how their drugs would be tested

We write a lot about Wall Street corruption here at The Audit. But if you ask me, Wall Street's got... More

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Audit Notes: Stuart Varney, German papers, Pando garbage

The Fox anchor tries on the Lou Dobbs faux-populist mantle, fails

Media Matters catches Fox Business's Stuart Varney in a viler-than-usual moment calling in to a radio show (emphasis mine): HOWELL:... More

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Hank Greenberg’s narcissistic and deluded defense of Jamie Dimon

In the WSJ, naturally

This Hank Greenberg column in the Journal on Tuesday is more shameless than your average WSJ op-ed. And that's saying... More

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Audit Notes: DealBook on JPMorgan excuses, Journal-Sentinel, AngelList

Dimon’s in a world of hurt of his own making

The New York Times's Peter Eavis has another excellent story for the paper's often-Wall Street-friendly DealBook on JPMorgan Chase and... More

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Lessons from The Dallas Morning News’s failed paywall

The paper shuns the meter model and flops

In May 2009, Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney told the Senate that a paywall didn't make sense for his... More

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Bill Clinton on deregulation: ‘The Republicans made me do it!’

The ex-president seriously mischaracterizes his record

Bill Clinton sat down with Fareed Zakaria last week on CNN for a typically wide-ranging interview that touched on chemical... More

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The Post on how the Grahams lost the paper (UPDATED)

An excellent report shows how management, beset by industry decline, made things worse

The Washington Post has a fantastic, 6,300-word piece on the events leading to the Graham family's sale of the paper... More

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The Big Lie of the Post-Crisis

The WSJ editorial page says government, not Wall Street, “won” the aftermath

Bill Black is always worth reading and his column flagging a line in a Wall Street Journal editorial is no... More

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Audit Notes: Reuters Next, $11 billion from JPM?, ‘Made in America’ PR

BuzzFeed looks at Chrystia Freeland’s lead role in the flop

BuzzFeed's Matt Zeitlin dives deep into Chrystia Freeland's role in the Reuters Next failure. Granted, this piece has a distinct... More

Stop using ‘Brooklyn’ to mean hipster neighborhoods - Elite-oriented outlets typically only cover the borough’s most affluent, Manhattan-adjacent neighborhoods

The Reporters Committee is about to start suing people to help journalists - Katie Townsend joins the organization as its first litigation director

How a Nebraska newspaper kicked off a major prison sentencing scandal - The Omaha World-Herald found that hundreds of inmates were being released early

On media freedom, United Nations plays by its own rules - Months of international crises raises the stakes for reporting on the UN, but investigative journalists remain without a right to information

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading - Ease up on the exaggerations because someday you may need those explosive adjectives when a truly big story lands


Adviser of high school paper that refused to use ‘Redskins’ suspended (Student Press Law Center)

“Amid a months-long battle with administrators for editorial control … the Playwickian’s faculty adviser was suspended for two days this week”

Apple’s ‘warrant canary’ disappears (GigaOm)

Apple included language in its first Transparency Report to say that it had not been subject to a Section 215 Patriot Act request. That language is now gone.

Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

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